Elliot scoops apprentice award

KIER Harlow mechanic apprentice, Elliot Shakeshaft, is celebrating winning ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the prestigious London Loves Excellence Awards. Fending off competition from across the London region, Elliot’s hard work and commitment were recognised at the ceremony where he was presented with the award by BBC presenter, Katie Derham reports Industry Today.

Now in the third year of his apprenticeship with the Kier Harlow workshop, Elliot has been instrumental in maintaining a 100% MOT pass rate across Kier Harlow’s fleet of more than 200 vehicles, while consistently achieving the highest marks on his course at Harlow College. In its flagship year, the London Loves Excellence Awards are designed to recognise the very best talent and business successes in the region, with judges including entrepreneurs Karren Brady, Willie Walsh and Michelle Mone. The high profile panel were impressed with Elliot’s numerous achievements.

They commented: “We were particularly impressed that Elliot had become involved in work outside the remit of his apprenticeship which resulted in Kier Harlow winning an £86m contract. He is clearly a high-flyer and is committed to developing himself.”

Kier Harlow operations director, John Phillips, said: “Through our ‘People and Places’ plan, Kier Harlow is actively investing in its employees to ensure they are continuously enhancing their expertise, providing the best service to our customers.

“We are constantly looking to raise the skill level of our employees through training and internal investment, Elliot is a shining example of how this programme has been successfully implemented across our workforce. He is a very talented mechanic and a true asset to the workshop team. His commitment and can-do attitude make him a real favourite with his colleagues and customers.

“He’s certainly not one to boast about his achievements, but is undoubtedly recognised throughout Kier as an exemplar apprentice, team member and colleague. This fantastic award win is undoubtedly very well deserved and we look forward to seeing his experience and skills continue to grow.”

Elliot said: “I’m really proud to be awarded Apprentice of the Year, it’s a great achievement and one which I couldn’t have reached without the help of my colleagues and mentors at both Kier and Harlow College.

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